Betting tipsPronosticos apuestasPonturi pariuriPronostici scommesseWetten tippsAposta e Ganha

facebook-hoover twitter-hoover behanse-hoover
Print

PSG ready for Champions League challenge

PSG ready for Champions League challenge

Paris St Germain have been among the biggest spenders in Europe in recent years. They have established themselves as top dog in France but are still to make significant progress in European competition.

Laurent Blanc has again been busy in the transfer market this summer with the £50million signing of former Chelsea defender David Luiz has proved controversial. The Brazilian was singled out for heavy criticism following his country’s humiliating 7-1 defeat against Germany with the general view being that PSG had paid far too much for the player.

Ironically, they were fined precisely the same amount for their failure to meet the new Financial Fair Play Rules. English Premier League Champions Manchester City recently parted with striker Alvaro Negredo and cited the ruling as the main reason for his surprise exit.

The UEFA ruling means that the club must not increase their wage bill for the next two seasons and must limit their spending in the transfer market. Chelsea are widely acknowledged as having managed their transfer dealings very astutely, the sale of Luiz enabling them to bring Costa and Fabregas to Stamford Bridge without breaching the guidelines. Any dealings in the near future for PSG will have to follow this trading pattern.

Blanc has some top International players in his ranks including Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Edinson Cavani and the pressure is on to bring European success to France. A late goal from Demba Ba ended PSG’s Champions League hopes last season and they start a new campaign this week with plenty of expectation on their shoulders.

Club President Nasser Al-Khelaifi has called the punishment a “tremendous handicap” but PSG have won the French title for the past two seasons and are hot favourites to complete a hat-trick. Luiz will be paired with countryman Thiago Silva in defence while Ivory Coast International Serge Aurier has joined PSG on a year-long loan from Toulouse. Yohan Cabaye joined the French side for a fee of around £20m from Newcastle in January.

Blanc’s biggest challenge may be finding a solution to fielding both Cavani and Ibrahimovic in the same team. While Ibrahimovic scored forty goals in all competitions last season, Cavani was clearly unhappy with being asked to play wide. PSG will have a good test of their credentials with Barcelona the opponents on match day 2. A victory in that game would send a clear message to the rest of Europe that PSG’s investment is ready to pay dividends on the top European stage.

Best Free Bet Offers - Provided by engagesuperleague.co.uk

Click any of the bookmakers name to activate your free bet now.

1.       Unibet (sign up offer – free £20)

Deposit £20, bet with £40. Create a Unibet account here >>.

2.       7epta7 (bonus 175% up to €500)

Permanent member bonus 5% up to 25%. Create a 7epta7 account here >>.

3.       Bet365 (sign up offer - £200 in free bets)

Deposit £200, bet with £400. Create a Bet365 account here >>.

4.      Offsidebet (sign up offer - £25 in free bets)

Deposit £25, bet with £50. Create a new Offsidebet account here >>.

5.     Sky Bet (sign up offer – no deposit free £30)

Deposit 0, bet with £30.  Create a new Sky Bet account here >>.

Betting previews and tips

More betting news

News UEFA Champions League

Guardiola proud of Bayern despite defeat
Guardiola proud of Bayern despite defeat

Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola insisted he was proud of his team even though they lost the firs [ ... ]

Borussia Dortmund v Zenit - UEFA Champio...
Borussia Dortmund v Zenit - UEFA Champions League

Semak was handed control of first-team affairs at Zenit last week following the departure of Lucia [ ... ]

UEFA Champions League: Olympiacos v Manc...
UEFA Champions League: Olympiacos v Manchester Utd

Manchester United travel to Olympiacos in good spirits for the first leg of their last-16 UEFA Cha [ ... ]

UEFA Champions League: Zenit v B. Dortmu...
UEFA Champions League: Zenit v B. Dortmund

Borussia Dortmund's bid to improve on last season's runners-up finish in the UEFA Champions League [ ... ]

Other Articles

BETTING NEWS & TIPS

AC Milan vs Juventus: Serie A Preview
AC Milan vs Juventus: Serie A Preview

The two top sides in Serie A go head to head on Saturday night as AC Milan prepare to host Juventus at the San Siro. Just two league games have been played b [ ... ]

PSG ready for Champions League challenge
PSG ready for Champions League challenge

Paris St Germain have been among the biggest spenders in Europe in recent years. They have established themselves as top dog in France but are still to make s [ ... ]

Bayern Munich, Manchester City meet agai...
Bayern Munich, Manchester City meet again in Champions League

Bayern Munich has reached at least the semifinals in each of its last three Champions League appearances. With the 2014-15 final taking place in Berlin, the G [ ... ]

Michel wary of Atletico prowess
Michel wary of Atletico prowess

Olympiacos head coach Michel has issued a warning of the threat posed by Atletico Madrid ahead of their UEFA Champions League opener. The former Real Madrid  [ ... ]

Klopp wary of 'outstanding' Arsenal duo
Klopp wary of 'outstanding' Arsenal duo

The Borussia Dortmund manager believes his side are up to the challenge of facing Arsenal on Tuesday. Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp is full of prais [ ... ]

Costa aims to maintain prolific form
Costa aims to maintain prolific form

Diego Costa will look to maintain his blistering start to the season when Chelsea host Schalke in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday. The Brazil-born Spa [ ... ]